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Miami in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Historic Coconut Grove Cemetery

 
 
Coconut Grove Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson
1. Coconut Grove Cemetery Marker
Inscription. The Historic Coconut Grove Cemetery was first used as a graveyard for the Grove's Bahamian settlers in 1906. The community's original cemetery was a small lot opened by the city in 1904 on what is now the 3500 block of Charles Avenue. That site was judged by the town leaders to be too small to accommodate the needs of the growing population and the cemetery was moved to its present location. Because of the upset caused by moving the cemetery, the "Coconut Grove Colored Cemetery Association" was formed to take over the responsibility for the yard. In 1913, five families purchased the property for $140.00 as trustees for the Association. These families were the Burrows, Higgs, Reddick, Ross and E.W.F. Stirrup families, all of whom were local civic leaders. Many of Coconut Groves' Bahamian pioneers are buried in this cemetery. Joseph Mayor who owned the bicycle shop is buried here, as are Daniel Anderson, a Bahamian seaman and his wife Catherine who was one of the founders of Christ Episcopal Church. Captain John Sweeting, a successful developer and commercial fisherman, and his family are also here. Many more of the original settlers of the Grove may also rest in this cemetery in the numerous unmarked graves. Some of the markers in this cemetery are unique to South Florida. The twelve anthropomorphic or "head and shoulders" stones are found
View of Charles Avenue looking west image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson
2. View of Charles Avenue looking west
no where else in Dade County. They reflect Bahamian background and rich African American culture of the neighborhood. Today the cemetery is still cared for by the Coconut Grove Cemetery Association and is recognized as an historic site.
 
Erected by Coconut Grove Cemetery Association.
 
Location. 25° 43.536′ N, 80° 14.765′ W. Marker is in Miami, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is on Charles Avenue west of Main Highway, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3288 Charles Avenue, Miami FL 33133, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charles Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Ransom School (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Barnacle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cocoanut Grove Public Utilities Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Coconut Grove Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); Housekeepers Club (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dinner Key (approx. mile away); U of M Opened Here (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Miami.
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Coconut Grove Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson
3. Coconut Grove Cemetery
The cemetery scenes in Michael Jackson's Thriller video were shot here.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.   2. submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.   3. submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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